Kelkkunnundo bags Golden Lamp Tree award at IFFI

NEW DELHI: Kelkkunnundo (Are You Listening) by Geethu Mohandas bagged the Golden Lamp Tree in the International Competition for Short films and documentaries at the Short Film Center held as part of the 40th International Film Festival of India.

The Vasudha Award for best environmental films was shared by Sanjeev Sivan and Umesh Aggarwala’s Underground Infernoand Meltdown in Tibet by Michael Buckley. The Silver Lamp Tree for International competition went to Wagah directed by Supriyo Sen.

The Golden Lamp Tree carries a cash prize of Rs 500,000, a trophy and a citation while the Silver Lamp Tree carries a cash prize of Rs 300,000.

Vasudha comprises a cash component of Rs 3,00,000 shared by the two films.

The awards were given away by the Chief Secretary of Goa, Sanjay Srivastava, Secretary for Information and Publicity Narendra Kumar and Festival Director S M Khan. Entertainment Society of Goa Chief Executive Officer Manoj Srivastava was also present.

Ramesh Tekwani, Vice President of Indian Documentary Producers Association, said there were 20 films in the international section and six in the environment section, shortlisted out of 300 entries. Last year, 50 films were taken by buyers from across the world.

The Jury Members for the International Competition section were Shaji Karun (Chairman), Juhani Allanen, Michael Orth, Marina Anna Eich and Philiph Cheah.

The Jury Members for the Environmental Competition Section were Mike Pandey (Chairman), Lucia Rikaki and Naira Margaryan.

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